The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing teenager. The missing person is 19-year-old Aaliyah Danielle Cline from Bethlehem. Aaliyah was last seen in the Heritage Farm Road area Saturday (March 26) at approximately 4:30 p.m., she is described as a white female 5' 4” 170 lbs. brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on the location of Cline is asked to contact the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-2911.
The man who was named as a suspect in the shooting death of a woman earlier this month in Catawba County has been charged with murder. 49-year-old Jeffrey Dwayne Hoppes of Topaz Drive in Maiden has been charged with first degree murder by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers.
The incident occurred March 7 at a residence on Topaz Drive in Maiden. Angela Smith Tremble was killed in the shooting. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, who was Ms. Tremble's boyfriend, sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. Hoppes was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment.
Hoppes was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility today (Tuesday, March 28), where he was being held without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (March 29).
25-year-old Jeremy Dallas Bolen was arrested today (Tuesday, March 28) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Bolen is charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and one count of failure to comply. Bolen was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $30,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
A grave site was discovered in Statesville Monday afternoon (March 27). Investigators with the Statesville Police Department were acting on information acquired during the ongoing investigation into the disappearance on Darwin “D.J. Turner”.
Investigators searched a wooded area behind the 1100 block of Mahogany Road in East Statesville with the assistance of members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Officers discovered what appeared to be a deceased person buried in a rudimentary grave site. The site appeared to be recently made. The area was roped off as a possible crime scene.
Due to diminishing daylight, officers secured the scene and provided perimeter security overnight, allowing for the possible excavation at the site today (Tuesday, March 28). This would afford Investigators ample daylight hours to conduct the investigation.
This morning, investigators with the Statesville Police Department, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, along with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation began the work of investigating the possible site and excavation in order to determine if in fact a body has been buried at this location.
A news release from the Statesville Police Department stresses that at this early stage, it cannot be determined with any certainty that this is in fact the body of missing person Darwin Lewis Turner Jr.
19-year-old Tyler Delon Bracey of Lincolnton, 25-year-old Bobby Dean McKinney of Dallas, 34-year-old David Nathaniel Neal of Lincolnton and 33-year-old Michael Shane Carver of Dallas (formerly of Iron Station) were all arrested by Lincoln Co. Narcotics Officers yesterday (March 27) on a total of 22 felony drug charges. Bracey was charged with three felony counts each for the sale & delivery of heroin and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance. The other suspects were each charged with the sale & delivery of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, three counts each for McKinney and Neal and two counts each for Carver.
The charges stem from several undercover investigations targeting methamphetamine and heroin sales. According to Detectives, the suspects sold drugs at various locations south and east of Lincolnton.
Bracey was given a $55,000 secured bond. Bond for McKinney was set at $65,000, secured. Neal is currently serving a short prison sentence for an unrelated probation or parole violation. The warrants for his arrest will be served later. Carver is currently in the Gaston County Jail on unrelated charges. He was served the Lincoln County warrants and given an additional $25,000 secured bond. Bracey and McKinney have court appearances scheduled today in Lincoln County. McKinney also has court dates on April 19 & 24 in Gaston County. No court date is currently listed for Neal. Carver has a March 29 Superior Court date in Gaston County.
A contractor for the Department of Transportation has closed Rocky Road in order to replace a bridge over Lower Creek in Caldwell County.
According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the new bridge is the eighth in a 10-bridge contract with James R. Vannoy and Sons. The $9.7 million contract includes 10 bridges, with five located in Wilkes County, three in Alleghany County, and two in Caldwell County.
A 5.5-mile detour around the construction in Gamewell Township has been established, with the most traffic heading east on U.S. 64/18, then right on Southwest Boulevard, then on Miller Hill Road, and back to Rocky Road.
Construction on the new bridge is expected to be complete by July 2017. The final two bridges in the contract should be finished by December.
21-year-old Julio Ricardo Mendoza-Ortiz of Mount Home Church Road in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (March 23) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor hit and run with property damage, reckless driving to endanger, failure to report an accident, and safe movement violation.
According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, March 28), on Saturday, March 18, just before 2:30 a.m. Morganton Public Safety officers responded to a hit and run collision. The incident involved a pedestrian and occurred in the parking lot of the Downtown Sports Bar at 216 East Union Street. Upon arrival, officers found the victim Felipe Alonzo lying in the parking lot between a GMC Yukon and Honda Fit, suffering from injuries.
Burke County EMS was dispatched to the scene due to the injuries. Officers were unable to locate the driver of the Honda, which was identified as the suspect vehicle. Alonzo was transported to CHS Morganton with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Public Safety officers continued their investigation, which led to the arrest of Mendoza-Ortiz. The suspect's bond was set at $25,000. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance last Friday (March 24). His next District Court date is scheduled for April 12.
Suspects who were on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List have been arrested in recent weeks, however, there are still several names on the list.
36-year-old James Dean Farr is still being sought by authorities in Burke County. He's wanted on numerous unspecified felony charges. Farr's last known address was 6272 Byrd Farm Road in Hickory. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List since January 27 of this year.
41-year-old Travis Stuart Propst remains on the Most Wanted List. He's wanted for felony counts of assault with serious bodily injury and assault by strangulation. The last known address for Propst was 3635 Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir. He's been on the list since November 18 of last year.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
31-year-old Stephen Wayne Peyatt of Spring Lake Mobile Home Park in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (March 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and defrauding drug or alcohol screening. Peyatt was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for April 20.
31-year-old Billy Dean Potter was arrested Monday (March 27) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Potter was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 15.
36-year-old Casey Anne Gibson of NE Elizabeth Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (March 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule I controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. Gibson is also charged with probation violation out of county. She was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, March 28).
36-year-old Michael Leon Bryant of 4th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (March 26) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest, Bryant was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 17.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Burke County, 26-year-old Tyler Isiah McCormick.
Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for McCormick, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. He is a white male, 5'8", 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The Silver Alert website lists 1375 Washboard Lane in Morganton as an address connected to McCormick. It was not known where he was last seen or where he was headed. The Silver Alert was issued at 9:25 p.m. Monday (March 27).
Anyone with information about Tyler Isiah McCormick should call Deputy Bryant Baker at the Burke County Sheriffs Office at 828-437-1911.
51-year-old Rory Calvin Hinson of Hewitt Road in Catawba has been arrested and charged in connection to an accident that killed one person and injured two others. The three-car crash occurred just before midnight Friday (March 24) on Keisler Dairy Road in Conover. Hinson was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, misdemeanor death by vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.
Hinson was reportedly fleeing from the scene of a burglary near Conover. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by Hinson crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle before colliding with a third vehicle, head-on. The driver of the third vehicle was killed. The deceased is 26-year-old Kristen Lawson from Claremont.
The two other people injured in the crash were transported to the hospital. The road was closed for several hours following the accident.
Hinson was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (March 25) and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $102,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (March 27) in Newton.
45-year-old Cynthia Annette Mitchell of Sequoia Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police just after 3 p.m. Friday (March 24) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mitchell was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on South Center Street in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $28,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (March 27) in Newton.
Goodwill is hosting a community yard sale for vendors and shoppers on Saturday, April 1. The yard sale will take place at the Goodwill store at 1172 Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory.
Vendors must supply their own tables, chairs, tents or other materials, and must bring their own money to make change. Set up time is 7:30 a.m. with shopping set to begin at 8 a.m. Placement of each vendor's sales area will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, call 828-327-3273.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners recently bestowed its highest honor, the Catawba County Spirit Award, on local historian and longtime community advocate Sylvia Kidd Ray. Ray was presented the award during the Commissioners’ meeting last week.
The Catawba County Spirit Award was created by the Board of Commissioners in 1998 to recognize citizens who have displayed “that unique Catawba County Spirit” – as defined in the award by goodness, valor, creativity, benevolence, compassion, patriotism, and a high order of service to Catawba County, North Carolina, and/or the nation.
Ray, a Newton, N.C. native and resident, was honored with the Spirit Award due to her lifelong passion for and commitment to the history of Catawba County. She is best known as a local historian and journalist who has been active for many years in historical preservation projects and as a speaker and author on topics of local history.
Two City of Morganton employees were honored during the recent North Carolina Main Street Conference in Shelby. Mike Crotts, Chief Building Codes Administrator, and Mike Fincher, Building Codes Inspector, were named Morganton's Main Street Champions during the conference, which was held earlier this month.
Main Street Champions are individuals who work and advocate for downtown revitalization. Thirty-six individuals received honors for their contributions North Carolina main streets in 2016.
Main Street Department Director Sharon Jablonksi nominated Crotts and Fincher as Morganton's Main Street Champions because they always go above and beyond to help downtown businesses succeed. This year’s group of Main Street Champions brings the total number to 639 since Champions were first named in 2000.
37-year-old Wayne Curtis Cogdell of Foxboro Lane in Stanley was arrested Saturday (March 25) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Detective Kelsey Harrington began the investigation after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on March 3. The report stated that Cogdell inappropriately touched a kindergarten aged girl. The victim is related to the suspect in the case.
Cogdell was arrested at his residence without incident and placed in the Harven A Crouse Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 27). Cogdell is currently on the Sex Offender Registry after being convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child in 2002.
30-year-old Lataro Jarrad Pittman of Brookhill Road in Charlotte was arrested Sunday (March 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Pittman was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A Superior Court date was set for today (Monday, March 27).